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Vegan Pumpkin Scones with Coconut Maple Glaze

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Moist and buttery vegan pumpkin scones made with just 6 ingredients. They’re simple, easy to make, and so delicious!

pumpkin scones on a plate

‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin! As you can tell from my previous posts of tofu pumpkin pie and pumpkin melon pan, I am eating all the pumpkin things while it’s still seasonably appropriate! I have also been loving using kabocha in place of my usual canned pumpkin puree. Canned pumpkin is available year-round, but kabocha is in season now so I’ve been enjoying baking with it and of course, cooking it into kabocha soup! But today we’re focusing on my recent breakfast obsession — scones. Vegan pumpkin scones of course.

maple glaze being drizzled on pumpkin scone

Tips for Success

Remove excess moisture from pumpkin ⟶ I steamed and mashed kabocha, which is a bit drier than baking pumpkins and butternut squash. It was more of a kabocha mash than a puree, so if you’re using a puree that is very moist (like canned pumpkin puree), remove excess moisture with a nut milk bag or paper towels. Measure the pumpkin after removing excess moisture.

Swap the pumpkin for your favorite winter squash ⟶ Although I’ve only used kabocha, feel free to try these scones with butternut squash, acorn squash, honeynut squash, or different varieties of sweet potato (Japanese satsumaimo is next on my list!). Just remember to get rid of excess moisture.

Keep the dough cold ⟶ Butter (especially vegan butter) will melt quickly in warm environments, but we don’t want the butter to melt until it’s in the oven! That’s what will create those flaky layers. So if you’re in a particularly warm environment, you may need to chill your dough before cutting. I would also recommend you chill your mixing bowl and pastry cutter/fork before starting, and don’t use your fingers to mix. If it’s relatively cool in your kitchen though (72°F or lower), you can get away with using room temperature tools and just using your hands to mix.

Chill the glaze ⟶ If you’re using the glaze, mix it first and then chill in the fridge to firm up. The glaze is a little sticky and will be very thin and runny at first, but as it chills it will thicken to a drizzle-able consistency.

Glaze scones immediately before eating ⟶ This glaze will never go completely solid like typical powdered sugar glazes, so only glaze the scones you are going to eat immediately. Store leftover scones unglazed, and save the rest of the glaze in a jar in the fridge.

pumpkin scone with maple glaze on a plate

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vegan pumpkin scones on a plate

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Vegan Pumpkin Scones with Coconut Maple Glaze

Moist and buttery vegan pumpkin scones made with just 6 ingredients. They're simple, easy to make, and so delicious!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Servings: 8

Ingredients

Scones

  • 2 cups (240g) all purpose flour**
  • 3 tbsp (36g) sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt if using unsalted butter
  • 6 tbsp (78g) vegan butter cut into ½" cubes
  • ½ cup (120g) mashed pumpkin/squash/sweet potato** see notes!
  • 5-6 tbsp full fat coconut milk

Coconut Maple Glaze (optional)

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Prepare the glaze first if using. Whisk together coconut milk powder and maple syrup until smooth. Place in the fridge to thicken.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt (if using).
  • Add butter cubes and combine with a pastry cutter, fork, or your fingertips to form pea-sized crumbs.
  • Add in mashed pumpkin and 5 tbsp coconut milk. Mix until the dough is moistened and comes together. Add an extra tablespoon of coconut milk if needed.
  • Lightly flour a work surface and turn the dough out onto it. Form into a ball then cut into 8 triangles. Transfer scones to a plate (make sure they don't touch) and chill in the fridge while the oven preheats.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • When the oven is ready, transfer scones to the lined baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake 20-25 minutes until lightly browned.
  • If using the glaze, drizzle on scone immediately before serving. The glaze is sticky and will not completely harden, so store leftover scones unglazed.

Notes

Flour: I often use half whole wheat flour and half all purpose flour with great results. You can just use all purpose flour, but I don’t recommend only using whole wheat flour or the scones will be pretty dense.
Pumpkin: I used steamed and mashed kabocha. You can also try mashed sweet potato, butternut squash, or baking pumpkin (such as pie pumpkins or sugar pumpkins). Depending on the pumpkin/squash used, you may want to blot out a lot of the moisture before adding to the scones. Excess moisture will result in an overly moist, sponge-like texture that won’t be the buttery, flaky, tender scones you’re hoping for.
Remove excess moisture: Place the pumpkin in a nut milk bag or between two paper towels and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Measure the pumpkin after removing excess moisture. 

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